2019 Honda Fit Near Springfield, MA
The small but surprising Honda Fit returns for the 2019 model year with the same attributes that have made it stand out among subcompact cars: affordability, reliability, available active safety equipment, fuel economy, and versatility in carrying cargo. At the center of that versatility is Honda’s Magic Seat, the second-row wonder that folds up and out of the way in four different modes (Utility, Long, Tall, and Refresh) to reveal 52 cubic feet of cargo space and accommodate awkward and oversized items. But that’s just one of the reasons why U.S. News named the Fit the 2019 Best Subcompact Car for the Money.
Powertrain and Standard Features
The ’19 Fit is offered in four trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L; they all come standard with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed manual transmission, with the exception of the EX-L, which receives a continuously variable transmission with sport mode with paddle shifters. This CVT is available on the other three trims, but the base trim is not eligible for the paddle shifters. With the stickshift, the Fit gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg city and 36 mpg highway; it gets 33 city and 40 highway with the CVT.
For standard features, the base LX gets a tire pressure monitoring system, air conditioning with filtration, and an audio/information system with four speakers, a 5-inch screen, a USB port, and speed-sensitive volume control. Upgrades to the Sport include additional features on the infotainment system (two more speakers, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 7-inch screen) and some exterior additions – fog lights and a spoiler. The EX gets push-button start, a power moonroof, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The highest trim, the EX-L, spoils its buyer with a CVT, leather seating with front-row heat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, and heated exterior mirrors. This trim is also eligible for the optional navigation system.
Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have rated the 2019 Fit well in crash testing. It also stands out in its segment thanks to Honda’s excellent suite of active safety features, known as Honda Sensing, consists of adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and lane keeping assist. It’s standard on the EX and EX-L trims and optional on LX and Sport models that are equipped with the CVT. The two higher trims also get the Honda LaneWatch system; a road departure mitigation feature is also available.